Lynk is a satellite IoT network provider and a developer of space cell tower technology designed to offer broadband connectivity directly to standard cell phones. The company's technology offers global communications using nanosatellites to perform emergency texting, emergency broadcast warnings, and instant backup communications for first responders after a disaster—anywhere in the world. It aims to provide broadband connectivity directly to ordinary mobile phones in isolated areas. Lynk was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. The company was formerly known as Ubiquitilink.
The company works to provide cellular connectivity services and a reliable way to communicate in isolated areas, especially for relief agencies and first-responders and in the case of terrestrial network interruptions. Part of the network is intended to serve areas where there are no cell towers and therefore no cell service.
Lynk's technology is intended to use the company's low-Earth orbit satellite constellation, orbiting at around 500 kilometers, to connect cell phones and provide phone signal without interrupting the mobile phone protocol. This would have the satellites operating as cell towers, but from space, which reduces the amount of interruptions that terrestrial networks experience.
Lynk's service is intended to work with existing infrastructure and require no additional expenditure by mobile network operators. Instead, Lynk intends to operate in cooperation with mobile network providers to operate as a shared roaming provider, which would allow a mobile phone user to shift from satellite and terrestrial networks without experience interruption and would provide mobile network providers with extended service ranges.